Elephant Ears: Colocasia

 By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

I’ll bet you can guess why these plants are called elephant ears!  The large heart-shaped leaves of the Colocasia, commonly known as elephant ears, can add a bold accent to your garden or be an essential part of your very own tropical paradise.  Originating from the tropics of southern Asia, Colocasia is hardy in zones 7 and warmer. In our region, these eye-catching giants grow as annuals.  There are a variety of sizes and colors available at Bloch’s Farm in Green Lake!    

Colocasia is usually grown from a corm (similar to a bulb), reaching heights of 3-5 feet tall. It can be planted in containers or in the rich, moist, well-drained soil of your garden.  Its large wide leaves can grow up to 3 feet long and a variety of colorful leaves and veins ranging from lime green and pink to dark purplish-black add dramatic contrast in any space.  Colocasia can be grown in areas of part shade to full sun, and many varieties thrive at the edge of a pond or water feature.  Be sure to provide lots of regular watering and apply a slow-release fertilizer to help these tropical beauties grow to their peak magnificence.  

The versatile Colocasia can be paired with other tropical plants, such as caladiums, tropical hibiscus, or mandevilla to create a lush exotic atmosphere.  To produce interesting textural contrast, plant with ferns or ornamental grasses.  Colocasia will also be happy as the  center of attention in a bed of low growing annuals, such as petunias or begonias. 

At the end of the growing season, especially in cooler zones such as ours, bring potted Colocasia indoors for winter, or dig up the corms and store them in a cool, dry area to be replanted in spring.

Bloch’s Farm is ready for your spring planting needs.  For easy access to our website and online ordering, look for the “Shop Now” tab on Bloch’s Farm Facebook page or go directly to www.blochsfarm.com, and in the menu section choose “Shop Now.”  

To view a complete inventory list, choose the “Online Order Forms” tab in the menu section of the website.  Inventories are subject to availability.  If you have questions, feel free to call 920-294-6000 or email me at jlamontagne@blochsfarm.com.

We offer curbside pick-up or delivery for your safety and convenience.  To protect the safety of the public and our employees, we carefully adhere to current health regulations and guidelines.  We will be opening retail operations as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.  Check our website at www.blochsfarm.com and our Facebook page for updated information.

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